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Wednesday, 11 December 1974
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Senator CARRICK (New South Wales) - As I said in my contribution to the debate on the motion for the second reading of the Bill, clause 69 relates to international agreements and seeks to give the Governor-General power to make regulations under international agreements. I pointed out in that speech that this is giving a totally unlimited and unseen power. I demonstrated by referring to one of the 5 treaties which the Government says have been signed already that we would be giving virtually an open ended regulation-making power to the Government. The Opposition does not believe that treaties should be implemented in this country by backdoor or regulation-making processes. I rely on my earlier speech in this respect. A consequential amendment is proposed to be moved later. The Opposition will vote against the clause as it now stands.

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